Melbourne’s Attica wins Australia’s Top Restaurant 2016

The Australian Financial Review’s Australia’s Top 100 Restaurants list has been revealed and Melbourne’s Attica has rightfully taken the number one spot.

Another Victoria restaurant, Brae, opened in 2012 by chef Dan Hunter, who also won Chef of the Year, secured second place, with Sepia run by Martin Benn and Vicki Wild, taking this year’s third place and scoring the Top Service Team award.

Ben Shewry's Melbourne restaurant Attica wins. Photo: Instagram
Ben Shewry's Melbourne restaurant Attica wins. Photo: Instagram

Co-Director of the Awards Terry Durack congratulated Attica on its win:

“Ben Shewry has built Attica into a unique and personal experience that celebrates all that Australian dining excellence is about. With its passion for just-picked and wild plants, an intuitive use of native produce, and exceptionally warm, sincere service, it deserves every accolade and award it wins – especially this one.”

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Australia’s Top 100 Restaurants presented by Qantas is decided by the chefs and restaurateurs themselves, as opposed to the top 500, which is determined by an Australia-wide panel of Good Food Guide editors.

While the 2016 People’s Award, as voted by the public, has been awarded to Akiba in ACT. The team behind the beloved Sage offers this wonderful fast-paced dining experience highlighting some of the best Asian street food the nation’s capital has to offer. The service, atmosphere and pace of this eatery won it this acclaimed award.

Sydney's Sepia down two spots to third place from number one in 2015. Photo: Instagram
Sydney's Sepia down two spots to third place from number one in 2015. Photo: Instagram

The top 10 list showcases establishments that are redefining fine dining, including the informal, wood-fired Ester in Chippendale at number five, Peter Gilmore’s buzzy Bennelong at number seven, and new-entry Automata at number nine, all in Sydney.

“With restaurants such as Attica, Brae, Quay, Rockpool est 1989, Franklin and Sepia in the top 10 it’s a brilliant moment in time in defining Australian cuisine. The truth is our restaurants are becoming truly and uniquely Australian,” says fellow Co-Director of the Awards Jill Dupleix.


  1. Attica

  2. Brae, Birregurra

  3. Sepia

  4. Quay

  5. Ester

  6. Sixpenny

  7. Bennelong

  8. Rockpool est. 1989

  9. Automata

  10. Franklin

  11. Wong

  12. Bentley Restaurant & Bar

  13. The Bridge Room

  14. The Town Mouse

  15. Cumulus Inc.

  16. 10 William St

  17. Flower Drum

  18. Cutler & Co

  19. LuMi Bar & Dining

  20. Supernormal

  21. Tipo 00

  22. Tetsuya's

  23. Minamishima

  24. MoVida, Melbourne

  25. Fratelli Paradiso

  26. Billy Kwong

  27. Biota Dining, Bowral

  28. Café Di Stasio

  29. LP's Quality Meats

  30. Momofuku Seiōbo

  31. Porteño

  32. Rockpool Bar & Grill, Sydney

  33. ACME

  34. Embla

  35. Firedoor

  36. Dinner by Heston Blumenthal

  37. Chin Chin

  38. est.

  39. The Apollo

  40. Oscillate Wildly

  41. Saint Crispin

  42. Guillaume, Sydney

  43. Fleet, Brunswick Heads

  44. Africola

  45. Restaurant Amusé

  46. Silvereye

  47. Pilu at Freshwater

  48. Moon Park

  49. Bar Lourinhã

  50. Icebergs Dining Room & Bar

  51. Ormeggio at the Spit

  52. Estelle by Scott Pickett

  53. Rockpool Bar & Grill, Melbourne

  54. Golden Century

  55. Spice Temple, Sydney

  56. Sean's Panaroma

  57. Cottage Point Inn

  58. Gerard's Bistro

  59. The European

  60. Monopole

  61. Long Chim Perth

  62. ARIA

  63. Provenance, Beechworth

  64. Coda

  65. Lalla Rookh

  66. Yellow

  67. Luxembourg

  68. Wasabi Restaurant & Bar, Noosa Heads

  69. Master

  70. 4Fourteen

  71. Esquire

  72. Muse Restaurant, Pokolbin

  73. Monster Kitchen and Bar

  74. Grossi Florentino Upstairs

  75. Cho Cho San

  76. The Long Apron, Montville

  77. The Press Club

  78. Lucio's

  79. Ethos Eat Drink

  80. Anchovy

  81. Vasse Felix Restaurant, Cowaramup

  82. Lume

  83. Tonka

  84. Mister Jennings

  85. Union Dining

  86. Igni, Geelong

  87. Sokyo

  88. Hentley Farm, Seppeltsfield

  89. Fino, Seppeltsfield

  90. Epocha

  91. Il Bacaro


ACT Monster Kitchen and Bar
NSW Sepia
NT Little Miss Korea
QLD Gerard’s Bistro
SA Africola
TAS Franklin
VIC Attica
WA Restaurant Amusé

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